Broadway comes back to Annapolis with Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” a rollicking musical love story that takes place on a cruise ship sailing the high seas. On February 10-11 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, J. Ernest Green conducts members of the Annapolis Chorale, The Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and a cast of accomplished singer/actors in this multiple Tony Award-winner. With a book by Guy Bolton, PG Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse and some of Porter’s finest and most memorable songs, “Anything Goes” includes the title song as well as “You’re the Top,” It’s De-Lovely,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Let’s Misbehave” and “All Through the Night,” just to name a few. Joining Mr. Green for this production are a bevy of audience favorites, including Jason Buckwalter, seen earlier this season as Dick Deadeye in “HMS Pinafore,” Sarah Kate Walston, also seen in “HMS Pinafore,” Tom Magette, Molly Moore Green, John Halmi, Laurie Hays, Eric Alexis and newcomers Kimberly Christie and Duncan Hood. Returning to Live Arts Maryland for a second appearance are several talented young dancers from StageWorkz, directed by Vicki Smith.
Live Arts Maryland’s “Broadway in Annapolis” productions are a signature combination of beautiful staging and great singers performing with an orchestra and chorus. This unique mix allows the audience to hear the musicals and their composers intended, with a full orchestra – something rarely heard anymore on New York stages. Live Arts Maryland is offering a special 3 p.m. Saturday matinee performance of “Anything Goes” in addition to its Friday and Saturday evening performances.
There are three opportunities to see “Anything Goes,” Friday’s Casual Friday event at 7:30 p.m., an interactive event that includes a question-and-answer session with the cast, Saturday’s 3 p.m. matinee and 8 p.m. evening performance. Live Arts Maryland offers free student rush tickets a half hour before concerts to all full-time students with a valid ID or those under 18 years of age. Tickets range from $34-$37 for adults, $12 for pre-paid students and are on sale now at the Maryland Hall Box Office at 410-280-5640 or www.marylandhall.org. There is a $3 per-ticket service charge for individual tickets. Group rates are available.
Live Arts Maryland is one of the region’s largest and most active non-profit performing arts organizations and is dedicated to enhancing community life by performing and presenting high-quality music and providing music education for all ages. Live Arts Maryland is also home to the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Annapolis Youth Chorus and the St. Anne’s Concert Series. It also offers such music education programs as the MusicWorks school partnership and a scholarship program for high-school music students. The Annapolis Chorale is a resident company of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis.